Thursday, 1 November 2012

A Trio of Dance Treats at the Nuffield

Some of the best emerging talent from the North West contemporary dance scene end their first ever tour at Lancaster’s Nuffield Theatre on 22nd November.

12° North have played to sell out audiences at their home venue, Ormskirk’s Edge Hill University, and The Lowry in Salford and hope for similar success in Lancaster.

This North West graduate dance company – consisting of 12 dancers who’ve all got degrees and are from the North, hence the name – will be presenting a Triple Bill at the Nuffield.

This engaging programme features something for all contemporary dance fans from Article 1 - a new abstract work for 12 dancers fusing traditional African dance and street dance - to Bitter Suite, which combines daring physical theatre with quirky and visually striking choreography by acclaimed British talent, Gary Clarke.

Completing the bill is Ripe for the Picking by Critics Choice Awardwinner, Antonia Grove, which was commissioned for this year’s Kendal MintFest and involves the audience choosing the order of the dance routines.

Triple Bill, which is recommended for anyone aged 14 plus,  also includes a curtain-raiser performance by Ludus Youth Dance Company based in Lancaster.

Ludus is one of 12° North’s regional partners and has another link through Gil Graystone, from Lancaster,  whose association with Ludus began as a dancer in 1978 and ended in January after 12 years as head of touring.

Gil is now project manager for 12° North. This pilot project was created after extensive consultation and a report outlined  the need for a company which helped dancers bridge the gap between graduating and gaining more experience of other skills now expected of those working in the arts, including teaching and business acumen.

Such companies are few and far between and 12° North is unique in featuring only dancers who are originally from the North West.

• Web advance tickets for the Triple Bill are priced £10 (adults); £8(concessions); £7 (young person/student). Standard tickets are £11.50 (adults); £9.50 (concessions); £8.50 (young person/student). To book, visit or contact the box office on 01524 594151, email

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